Note: The following transcript was created using the notes that Viola Johnson graciously provided to Leatherati.com. Unfortunately no video of the speech exists. While these notes do not represent a full transcript of the speech, they do capture the vast majority of her remarks. While slights edits were made for clarity, this transcript attempts to [...]
Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers│ June 2015 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian Five Things To Know About Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy: Mistress Joanne at International Mr. Leather ca. 1994. Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers, Leather Archives & Museum. 1. She loves the color purple. Purple clothes, purple pens, purple leather. When [...]
Ran across this great article on Slate about what it was like to be a gay man in 1970s San Francisco. Street Fashion Jock is soooo my new look! Check it out after the jump.
This Month in Review│ November 2014 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian It's been a while since I've written about an average* month at the Leather Archives & Museum. Sometimes I feel a certain kind of writer's block around the specifics of what I do here (I think there are moments where I get [...]
The leather community of the Upper Midwest has a long and colorful history, with nearly fifty years of club life expressed in an array of events from runs to fundraising and led by a diverse group of men and women across the years. But the beginning of the life pattern many people in the region [...]
speech by Guy Baldwin, September 20, 2014, Tacoma WA As some of you may already know, I’ve been invited here to Tacoma to offer some comments on the single most troublesome, misunderstood, divisive, and distracting issue to bedevil our leather world, and for succeeding generations: of course, I refer to The Old Guard. This is [...]
Black Leather In Color│ August 2014 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian Foundations It was April 25th, 1993, Washington D.C. It was the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. The leather contingent was large at the third March of its kind, and people of color were well [...]
Check out The Rules of SM by Joseph W. Bean on the Leather Archives & Museum Tumblr feed. http://leatherarchives.tumblr.com/post/93236419702/the-rules-of-sm-according-to-joseph-w-bean-1 More info in the LA&M on their website.
Daddy William & the Bootblack Chair │July 2014 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian As the Archivist/Collections Librarian at the LA&M, I feel impacted by almost every donation that comes through our doors, particularly if it’s an archival collection. I often spend weeks, or sometimes months, getting to know these collections intimately, noting the nuances, [...]
Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, is a famed erotic artist and queer icon whose legacy spans multiple generations. Tom of Finland Foundation continues to embody and celebrate his contributions to both erotic art and the queer community, and a poignant short film is now providing visibility to the Foundation itself and Durk [...]
Editor's Note: My love of history knows no bounds. As I walk my own unique path, I welcome the opportunities to take even the tiniest of glimpses at others journeys whether they are of the past or are presently paving the way. Earlier when I was just a hatchling in the Leather Community, a fellow [...]